For the first time in the history of THE THIRD MAN an exhibition has been set up to pay due ho m age to this great film classic, to tell the fascinating story of its making, and to place it within its multi-facetted and international cinematic, political and cultural context.
The travel exhibition was initiated by the Czernin Publishing Company of Vienna and arranged in collaboration with the Historical Museum of Vienna, the Vienna City Library and the Cultural Department of the Austrian Foreign Office with the support of the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, the British Council Vienna, Canal+ Image who hold world rights on the film, and private sponsors. It was designed and curated by Brigitte Timmermann and Frederick Baker , the authors of Der Dritte Mann – Auf den Spuren eines Filmklassikers published by the Czernin Verlag in Vienna in October 2002. The technical design was by Vienna-based architect Carl Auböck.
The exhibition consists of 47 panels which are subtitled and self-contained. Each of them focu s es on a different aspect of the movie, cinematic and/or historic. 200 film stills that have be e n newly scanned from a 35mm print are arranged in the order that they appear in the film and are placed opposite production stills and historic photographs of post-war Vienna .
Even if someone has seen the movie countless time, he or she has never seen the THE THIRD MAN like this before: not only as a well-made thriller, but as a multi-facetted total work of art with a fascinating story behind it. It tells about Graham Greene and Carol Reed, how the film came to be made, and about the trans-atlantic feuds between LONDON-Film boss Korda and his US co-financier David O.Selznick ( Gone with the Wind ). But the 47 story boards also show the real Vienna the film is based on, the black market, the Allies, the GI-'gals', the shortage of men.